We are experiencing a renaissance in figurative painting and Paul Booth Gallery in New York has stepped up in favor of it's advancement by hosting an exhibition of large scale works by the Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum titled Crime and Refuge.
The word Contemporary, as it is applied to Art is a confusing one. Contemporary Art is defined as Art which owes its foundation to post-modernism, and whose concepts focus primarily on transient issues of the present moment as opposed to simply art being created within our lifetime.
No matter what you call it, we are talking about the emergence of an authentic perspective in our culture that demands our attention. It comes about out of a need that our society has and that need is being filled.
Now JR's gargantuan black and white snapshots, not unlike those in your high school yearbook, will "prove" that any French person can participate in the Republican restoration of France's temple of great (wo)men.
I come from the Nerdrum School myself, and find many similarities with this group that is organized in California and see them as one of many pockets of painters who are striving for the same lofty goal: to paint like the Odd Masters, or better!
A year later, I said goodbye to my friends in management. As a parting gift, I received a letter of recommendation. In Denver, I used that reference to land a job and by New Year's Eve, had met Mr. Right.
The original and legendary blue and red U.S. Route 66 signs have now faded to pink and dust, but let's not be blue about it, for the lavender Laundromats and rusting green tractors can still be spotted along the way.
Nerdrum has been taking students since before many of us were born and this book is designed to highlight some of the best paintings produced from this emerging tribe of contemporary, classically oriented, figurative painters.
"Odd Nerdrum & Colleagues" a very special exhibition which brings together several painters from around the world who have spent considerable time working with the master in his studio and who have gone on to start their own studios, with students of their own.
It's a special moment in the course of history when something once lost or forgotten is rediscovered. Like the Titanic, King Tut's Tomb... or dusty tapes of a twisted QVC-style public access show from early '90s New York City.